Work Visa for Foreign Nurses: Is there such a thing? - page 5

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Or its just immigrant visa, which of course arent available because of the retrogression? Work visas are not affected by retrogression right? Are nurses qualified for work visa?... Read More


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    Quote from Husky_Lover_RN
    Hi everyone!!Just bump into this thread and wanna ask some things...

    Does anybody know how many years of experience would be a better chance in getting H1B?

    I don't intend to live in US for good so i won't mind going back in my home country (PHIL) in case time's up. Please enlighten me and advise on other requirements of this type of visa. Thank you so much!
    as mentioned in other post and thread, if you are a nurse it will be difficult for you to get an H1b visa regardless of the number of years experience. Your hospital has to prove that the position you are being hired for is highly specialized that it's making hard for the hospital to find an american to fill up the position. With layoffs, higher number of new nurse grad and a lot of RN who are looking for a second nursing job, there will be less open position and highly unjustiable to be granted an h1b visa.

    Just think of this, even Bill Gates, the richest american person and employer, with a highly specialized company is having difficulty to get more H1b visas...what more the hospitals or healthcare.
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    Quote from dhel28
    as mentioned in other post and thread, if you are a nurse it will be difficult for you to get an H1b visa regardless of the number of years experience. Your hospital has to prove that the position you are being hired for is highly specialized that it's making hard for the hospital to find an american to fill up the position. With layoffs, higher number of new nurse grad and a lot of RN who are looking for a second nursing job, there will be less open position and highly unjustiable to be granted an h1b visa.

    Just think of this, even Bill Gates, the richest american person and employer, with a highly specialized company is having difficulty to get more H1b visas...what more the hospitals or healthcare.
    Thank you!!
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    My colleague in a dialysis clinic was issued an H1b visa and will be going to Illinois first week of October. She had barely 4 months experience in the unit...how did her agency do that?
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    Quote from quackmoonstar
    My colleague in a dialysis clinic was issued an H1b visa and will be going to Illinois first week of October. She had barely 4 months experience in the unit...how did her agency do that?
    Whatever and however the agency did, it's scary...
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    The H1-B visas are being investigated by the US government now as they are to be going to those that are specialists; with only a couple of months of experience, one is far from being a specialist.

    Just because they received one, does not mean that they will be able to keep it. This is considered a temporary visa and can be cancelled at anytime.

    And with nurses in Illinois having issues with finding jobs, do not expect this to last long for this nurse. The company will have explaining to do as to why they could not hire an American nurse.
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    this working visa really confuses me.i am now in US and i just passed the NCLEX i just like to ask if there is a working visa available right now?cause i've talked some of the lawyers and they said it is still close for GC and they heard there might be an opening of 65,000 nurses for visa this year is this true?another thing is, my tourist visa will expire on april 30 so i'm applying for student visa to extend my stay here while waiting for the visa to be open..do i get a chance to be denied by US immigration regarding that student visa?i plan to study english i'm just bit scared if they will deny me..

    can a nursing home petition me while i am under working visa?or is working visa is still close?please i need replies here it gets me more anxious and depressed cause i badly needed to work as a nurse here...thanks
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    Quote from herheys8
    this working visa really confuses me.i am now in US and i just passed the NCLEX i just like to ask if there is a working visa available right now?cause i've talked some of the lawyers and they said it is still close for GC and they heard there might be an opening of 65,000 nurses for visa this year is this true?another thing is, my tourist visa will expire on april 30 so i'm applying for student visa to extend my stay here while waiting for the visa to be open..do i get a chance to be denied by US immigration regarding that student visa?i plan to study english i'm just bit scared if they will deny me..

    can a nursing home petition me while i am under working visa?or is working visa is still close?please i need replies here it gets me more anxious and depressed cause i badly needed to work as a nurse here...thanks
    Nurses in general come under the umbrella of GC unless you are a specialist nurse and meet requirements for H1b. I seriously doubt things will open up in the US this year taking into account the current US recession and job issues. A nursing home can petition you but you will not be able to stay in the US and work. There are thousands of people already waiting in the queue a head of you and I am sure the ones already in the queue will be processed before you if visas are made available. Be prepared that your student visa may be denied and you have to think about returning home
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    Hello good day, I am a foreign nurse from the Philippines I graduated last year 2008 and passed our local board exam here I just passed the IELTS december of 2008 and took the CA-nclex RN exam this march and passed it as well. Not for my next nursing path to work abroad is how to get a visa. The hard license as i read in the state of CA will only be issued if you have the ssn in which i can only get that after i go to the US. correct? so now, i'm thinking about how to get a visa.. I also read on our site/forum that the best requirement is the Green card in which it is very difficult to get if you are just a bedside nurse right? so the next good thing is the H1b visa..
    I would like to ask for assistance and help about my plan.
    1. after having my ielts and nclex should i apply directly for a visa screen which may take 2 years to be processed?
    2. or i should have a special training in hemodialysis or icu in order for me to have a special visa for a certain specialty area as a nurse is this possible?
    3. Have an employee (direct employee) in the usa to help and assist in having a visa in order to work in the states..

    I'm a bit puzzled with this what is the best path as a foreign nurse to have a visa or apply for a work? what should i do... there are so many information but what is the best and authentic way to pursue this career.. thank you very much...

    PS. and a s a new nurse i would like to know at least how many years or is it necessary of experience needed to work there.. i got a friend has an employer and but she doesn't have an experience but is eligible to be applied for a visa..
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    Visa screen doesn't take 2 years, it's a service that you will need eventually to qualify for a visa, offered by CGFNS only and once issued it's good for 5 years.

    For every one of those visas you'll need an employer first, there's no way to apply directly for a US working visa, it has to be sponsored by an US employer.
    For H1B you need to be a specialist, but apparantly many people even newly grads got it. I suspect employers falsified the papers, but anyhow, so strictly spoken you will need at least 2 years experience in a specialized area.

    5cats
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    Expect a very long wait for the US. For a start read up on retrogression, will will be affected. Also with the current recession the US is going through companies bringing over foreign nurses will really have to prove that they can not employ a US citizen or legal resident. H1b is a specialist visa and not all hospitals use them and again they will need to prove tat they can not employ a USC or legal resident


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